L.A. Times reporter and writing coach Bob Baker takes a novel path
toward better writing when he mixes his philosophies with the late
basketball coach John Wooden’s “Pyramid of Success.” On Sept. 9 at 6 p.m.
The seminar calls upon participants to share their “writing values”—habits that Bob says “click into place and determine what the inner truth of your story is, and whether you’re taking the greatest advantage of your facts when you begin to type.”
These values, Baker says, “are what
we admire most about the best writers: how they engage us, define the
story, and develop a musical-like rhythm-- determining whether you’re an
“interesting” writer or not.
will test themselves by exchanging “writing values” supplemented by
Bob’s descriptions of some of the best work he edited at The Times.
“Coach Wooden made his game simple by breaking excellence into a dozen or so sayings, such as “Don’t confuse activity for achievement……” and “failing to prepare is preparing to fail.”
best writers, Bob says, similarly simplify our craft by beating
themselves into submission, inventing personal internal structural rules
that require them to demand of themselves: Have I truly
assembled my most compelling material? Have I composed the story from
the reader’s point of view? Have I told the emotional and factual truth?
The audience will construct its own pyramid of success.
Come with your experiences, complaints and frustrations (no editor-bashing, please) and watch them disappear.
Bob recently re-published his book on mental organization for journalists: “BOB BAKER’S ‘NEWSTHINKING: THE SECRET OF MAKING YOUR FACTS FALL INTO PLACE," available for $19.95 at www.newsthinking.com